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Musical Aptitude Test?

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grassroots Thu 10-Jul-14 14:40:10

Can anyone tell me what is involved if DC is doing a Musical Aptitude Test at the RCM? I'm not very musical myself, so any help appreciated! Thank you.

Theas18 Thu 10-Jul-14 17:01:38

You've got to ask them or look on the website I fear. i don't think, whilst MN are a brilliant knowledgeable bunch we are that specialised ( or that you should 100% trust us if we claim we are!)

grassroots Fri 11-Jul-14 18:14:29

Thanks Theas18. Unfortunately the website just seems to say that it is 'straightforward'….which I am sure it probably is if you have a musical background, but I don't have a clue! On the other hand, I am sure that someone on Mumsnet must have an idea??? I have faith in Mumsnetters!

KristinaM Fri 11-Jul-14 18:18:03

They would guess they will check pitch, rhythm and general listening ability /attention

KristinaM Fri 11-Jul-14 18:18:40

What age is your child? Do they play an instrument already ?

grassroots Fri 11-Jul-14 20:07:04

Hi Kristina. DC does play an instrument, but he is still only little - would possibly be going up for Musical aptitude Test next Spring (maybe!). Do you know how would they go about checking pitch and rhythm? What would DC need to do? Thanks!

KristinaM Fri 11-Jul-14 20:26:39

I don't know about the assessment procedure at RCM, but I've experience of the ones at other similar organisations.

He will probably be in a small group of children and they will play games with singing and clapping . They might use simple percussion instruments. Your child won't realise he is being assessed, it's just like a fun music workshop. He won't have to perform in any way, it's not like an audition, he doesn't need to prepare .

Please try not to worry. It doesn't matter that you have no musical background yourself, my nephew is a professional musician and his parents knew nothing about music when he started.

TheFirstOfHerName Fri 11-Jul-14 20:40:54

Mine have done MATs, but not at the RCM.

There were four sections:
Pitch: is the second tone higher or lower than the first.
Melody: five note melody played twice, which note changed.
Rhythm: similar to melody except a rhythm.
Texture: how many notes in the chord: two, three or four.

The questions are played on an audio track. They were given a printed sheet and for each question they had to circle the answer.

TheFirstOfHerName Fri 11-Jul-14 20:42:40

The test I've described above is for ten year olds. With younger children they may do something different, or less formal.

TheFirstOfHerName Fri 11-Jul-14 20:47:48

Many independent junior schools use MATs for entry into Y3 (so designed for 6-7 year olds). You can get specimen tests online, like this one

grassroots Sat 19-Jul-14 21:33:35

Thank you kindly for all all the good advice - I think I understand the different elements you have described, but will have a look for more specimen tests. The Texture bit…is that something that can be/should be practiced or should it be obvious to anyone musical? I confess that it seems beyond me!

TheFirstOfHerName Sat 19-Jul-14 21:42:04

Two of my children play woodwind instruments and they found the texture section trickier because they only ever play one note at a time, so don't have experience with chords. If you have access to a piano, or know someone who does, you could practise by playing 2, 3 and 4 note chords to your child.

Clobbered Sat 19-Jul-14 21:47:09

Remember they are testing aptitude, not knowledge - they are looking for innate ability. Coaching your child to pass the test isn't going to help them at all in the long run, so I'd relax about it. Just let your kid enjoy as much music as possible and let the professionals at RCM sort the rest out!

SnakesRule Tue 26-Aug-14 15:57:28

Are you thinking about mini-bass course?

My son is at RCM JD on a full study program and one of his friends is doing mini-bass.
It's a great course - the fees are much less and the program is pretty much the same as on the full course. I believe they like taking them from 0 on a bass but will test for musical ability.
Orchestra and chamber music are really great so thumbs up if that's what you have in mind.

Going back to the question - completely agree with Clobbered - it is not something you need to prepare for.

RCM JD stuff are high level professionals and they are looking for natural ability for this course rather then knowledge. If your child gets selected it 99% means this is worth the effort and commitment on your and his part

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